November 14, 2008 • 12:00 am
The latest BNI newsletter has an excerpt from networking guru Susan Roane’s upcoming new book Face To Face: How To Reclaim the Personal Touch In a Digital World. Roane provides tips on how to deal with people who make snide comments. Do you let it slide? Do you say something? What if you sound defensive or lacking in humor?
Roane advises us to set boundaries and call the offender or his/ her behavior. I agree with this stance and think her tips are particularly helpful now because in this volatile and anxious market more people will be on edge. The chance of seeing boorish behavior will probably rise. Stressful times are no excuse to get nasty, however, and you set yourself apart when you can remain gracious and assured.
I always advise my clients that in tough markets especially you need to be the calm in the storm. Anxiety feeds off of anxiety. Conversely, calmness begets confidence. When you set boundaries and expect to be treated with respect by (junior or senior, nasty or nice), you take control of your environment. This ability to remain in control is invaluable in a job search. We all gravitate towards that person who has that calmness, control, and confidence. Be that person.
Filed under: career coaching, resource recommendation, bad behavior, bni, job search in a bad economy, networking, sticky situations, susan roane
October 22, 2008 • 3:46 pm
You can’t cram a job search in the age of 24/7 search. Read our guest post on CNBC to find out what you should be doing instead.
Filed under: career coaching, resource recommendation, CNBC, job search, job search in a bad economy
October 3, 2008 • 1:00 am
I advise my coaching clients to follow the news so they can talk intelligently about current events during job interviews. At the same time, today’s news is so gloomy and anxiety-provoking that I almost feel like changing that advice. It can be a challenge but what you really need to do is stay abreast of current events, but filter out the negativity so you can to stay positive. Teresa Odle captured my sentiments very nicely in her recent piece on Disaster Planning.
In times of turmoil and chaos, there are great opportunities for those who are vigilant, prepared and ready to go. Enthusiasm and assuredness are always attractive, but never moreso than when everyone else is anxious and scared. In negative times, the ability to stay positive is a great competitive advantage.
Filed under: career coaching, resource recommendation, job search in a bad economy, job search in a bad market, job search in a down market, teresa odle